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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Police To Strike - No Emergency Control Centres

Something like this could only happen in South Africa. In most countries when you become a police officer you take an oath to serve and protect. If you aren't an office but still want to be involved in the community protection and service industry that usually means that you care for the community.

Not in South Africa - in good old RSA the police and their support staff join these kinds of organisations to make money. One would think that police services and emergency control should be the last things to close and be allowed on strike - our government thinks its grand to give these guys the same kind of labour power as the riotous and ungrateful mineworkers. (It should also be mentioned that this is the only country that refuses to immediately dismiss all police officers who have convictions against their names - Cops protected by labour law)

Such a comforting feeling - knowing that our police officers will be striking for more of my tax money while my family and I are left without any kind of emergency assistance should we need it. I think that we should test whether or not we can sue the state (and police in their personal capacities) for any loss of life, injury, damage or patrimonal loss suffered as a result of their strike? 

And we are told that we are racists when we say that the ANC has no clue how to run the country?

10111 could go down as workers strike

2013-08-28 11:02
Johannesburg - Emergency control centres and police stations could grind to a halt as more than 5 000 police administrative personnel strike to the police headquarters in Pretoria.

The march has been organised by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, The Times reported.

The march is over police management's refusal to implement a 2011 Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council agreement, according to Popcru.

But to put it into effect the SAPS would have to spend R900m a year more on salaries. Police management has told the union it does not have that kind of money.

If the agreement is signed, each administrative staff member would earn about R20 000 more annually.
Of Popcru's members, 48 000 are administrative.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said personnel who were supposed to be on duty who joined the march would be regarded as participating in an unprotected strike and the 'no work; no pay principle' would apply. 

He said management had engaged Popcru and most of the issues raised had been addressed. A process was under way to resolve outstanding matters.

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